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Important Legislative Changes around the nation

California

Personal Information Protection—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, employers must protect employees' and applicants' personal information for accessing online accounts.

Maine

Arrest and Conviction Records—Effective Oct. 15, 2015, to Oct. 1, 2019, employers cannot obtain restricted criminal history record information for certain crimes committed by young adults.

Michigan

Unemployment Insurance—Effective Oct. 1, 2015, the standard taxable wage base is $9,000 and a modified taxable wage base of $9,500 applies to employers that are delinquent in paying unemployment-related amounts.

Minnesota

Minimum Wage—Effective Aug. 1, 2015, minimum wage increases to $9 an hour for employers that have annual gross revenue of at least $500,000 and increases to $7.25 an hour for employers that have annual gross revenue of less than $500,000. In addition, the training and youth wage are $7.25 an hour.

Nebraska

Arrest and Conviction Records—Effective Aug. 30, 2015, employers that use criminal history record information unlawfully can be fined up to $500.

Court and Jury Duty Leave—Effective Aug. 30, 2015, employers that violate the jury duty leave provisions can be fined up to $500.

Military Leave—Effective Aug. 30, 2015, employers that violate the military leave provisions can be fined up to $500.

Smoking in Workplaces—Effective Aug. 30, 2015, employers that commit a second or subsequent violation of the workplace smoking provisions can be fined up to $500.

Nevada

Health Benefit Mandates—Effective June 25, 2015, issuers cannot deny, exclude or limit benefits or coverage for medically necessary health-care services on the basis of gender identity or expression if issuers provide coverage for medically necessary services to plan participants without regard to gender identity or expression.

North Dakota

Personal Information Protection—Effective Aug. 1, 2015, employers must notify the North Dakota attorney general's office about any security breach that affects more than 250 state residents.

Oregon

Personal Information Protection—Effective Jan. 1, 2016, employers cannot ask or require employees to have personal social media accounts or require them to authorize employer advertising on these accounts.

if services are performed within their scope of practice and meet certain criteria.

Rhode Island

Health Benefit Mandates—Effective July 10, 2015, plans must provide coverage for services provided by certified registered nurse anesthetists if services are performed within their scope of practice and meet certain criteria.

Tennessee

Unemployment Insurance—Effective July 1, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2015, tax rates for experienced employers range from 0.01 percent to 10 percent under Table 6.

Texas

Educational Records—Effective Sept. 1, 2015, student records are defined as education records under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Employers that obtain information from student records must keep such information confidential.